DIY Ombre Tote Bag

DIY Ombre Tote Bags

DIY Ombre Tote BagsI hope you all had a happy memorial day weekend!

I took a few extra days off to spend some time with family and sneak off to our vacation home in St. George.

I was trying to avoid all of the rain that we’ve been getting too, but unfortunately, it rained down south just as much. The forecast is looking up though and I’m hoping it doesn’t change because next week should actually be sunny for the first time in about 3 weeks!

With memorial day being the non-official Summer kick off, I can’t wait for the warmer weather so I can hit our local farmers markets again!

I usually forget to bring my own tote to store my finds in, but this year I’m covered thanks to today’s post!

I scored some darling little straw totes bags (for $3 each!) in the Target dollar bins and knew I wanted to jazz them up a bit.

I picked up some acrylic paint in varying shades of the same colors and created these DIY ombre tote bags for under $7!

Cheap and so easy to make too!

DIY Ombre Tote BagsHere’s what you’ll need to make your own:

  • Straw Tote Bag (love this one if you missed out on the Target bags!)
  • Acrylic Paint – 4 different shades of the same color (I used “Apple Barrel” brand acrylic paint in Cameo Pink, Princess Pink, Candy Pink, & Pink Eraser – pink tote; China Blue, Parrot Blue, Blue Cotton, & Pool Blue – blue tote)
  • Paintbrush

DIY Ombre Tote BagsDepending on your tote, you can either choose to use blue painters tape and tape off the sections on your bag that you want to paint or just follow the natural grain of the tote.

My tote had “lines” built into it already, so I followed the existing pattern instead of trying to create my own “stripes”.

Using your paint, start with your lightest color and paint stripes on your tote. You can make your stripe as thick or as thin as you want.

DIY Ombre Tote BagsStart with your lightest paint color and work towards using your darkest color last. Your paint colors should go from lightest to darkest in order to create the “ombre” effect.

You can get creative with your patterns, like my pink tote, or just go with standard stripes, like the blue one!

DIY Ombre Tote BagsThese DIY ombre tote bags are really easy to make and sure do look cute when finished. Perfect for the beach, the market, or just to run errands around town.

My summer jaunts just got a bit more fab with these cute totes!

DIY Ombre Tote Bags



  1. Marchetti on June 1, 2015 at 12:00 am

    bonjour, je désirerais recevoir vos newletters .Merci

  2. annu on June 15, 2015 at 5:37 am

    Fabulous post and great creativity.

  3. GOindiastore on September 14, 2017 at 2:31 am

    Nice post!

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